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TBT Feature Refresh! Listing Settings – PlaceFull Hacks

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You guys ever get sick of having to go through and un-publish listings once that event is over? Have you ever been annoyed when you have to go through multiple pages of checkout to finally order whatever it is you were ordering? Well, we have a solution for both of those issues, and they both are on the Listing Settings page. Below I will explain how to turn these on and what it will look like to the customer making a booking.

Listing Settings: Auto Un-Publishing

This small feature will make your life easier once the event is over because the night after your event is finished, you will not have to worry about people being able to see events from the past week, month or even a year earlier. The night after your event, engaging this feature will make the software go through and un-publish all events that are over. It will make your website look more professional and people won’t see an event and get excited but then realize that it was over already. With all that stuff being said, here is how you turn this feature on.

1. Start by going to PlaceFull.com and signing into your account.

2. Now go to the Manage tab on the menu bar. When it is clicked once, it will have a few options, select Listing Settings.

3. Next, click the check box underneath Publishing. 

4. Done! Now your listings that have a specific end date will be unpublished after that date.

 

Listing Settings: Checkout

This is another small feature but it may make your customer not as stressed. Once you turn it on, it will put all the checkout steps into one page instead of 3 or 4. This is purely based on your opinion if it is better or not, though many people like how its only one page. Now, here is how you do it.

1. Start by going to PlaceFull.com and signing into your account.

2. Now go to the Manage tab on the menu bar. When it is clicked once, it will have a few options, select Listing Settings.

3. Now, click the check box under Checkout. It will have a box then say Use a single page checkout.

4. Done! Now your checkout page is only one page rather than 3 or 4.

Now that you have activated both these listings, here is what the one page checkout will look like.

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TBT Feature Refresh! Posting Listings to Facebook

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In this week’s Throwback Thursday Feature Refresh we highlight posting individual listings to Facebook! This will help with getting more bookings for a public event because people will just be scrolling on Facebook and see a cool event and then book it right there. It’s basically a free advertisement on facebook, that is if they follow your page. Here is a link to the tutorial as well as PlaceFulls knowledge base for other help and features.

In this quick and easy tutorial, i will show you how to post an individual listing on your facebook feed. This will let your customers who follow you on facebook easily be able to book that listing if they are interested. With that being said, lets get started.

1. Start by going to your Placefull account.

2. Then go to your listings page.

3. Next, scroll to wherever the listing is on your page that you want to post and select the blue Share button. It also has the small facebook logo on the button. I boxed it in red in the picture below. fblisting1

4. Now a Facebook popup will come up. There are a few things you can do here. Starting near the top, you can write something about the listing. Then on the bottom left, you can select where you want to post it, whether thats your news feed or your story. Then on the bottom right, you can select you can see your post. You can say public, or only your followers.                                    fblisting2

5. lastly, select the blue Post to Facebook button on the bottom of the page.

Here is a video as well to help guide you through this.

If you are still confused, call PlaceFull support at (206) 624-0295 or you can email support@placefull.com.

 


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TBT Feature Refresh – Everything Categories!

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In this week’s Throwback Thursday Feature Refresh we highlight organizing your listings in Categories! This will help make it easier for your customers to navigate your website. If you want to put all your kids events in one area and adult events in another, you can do it if you follow the few steps below. Here is a link to the tutorial as well on PlaceFulls knowledge base.


Also if you want to see a good example of how one of PlaceFulls customers uses categories, go to this link. If you hover over their “Events” bar on top, you can see how they separated their events into Kids, Adults and Parties.


  1. Start by going to the “Manage” tab on PlaceFull, then hit the “Categories” tab. category_1.jpg
  2. Next, click “Add New Category”. Category_2.jpg
  3. Next, you will name your category by selecting the “Category Name” title bar. Then select the listings that follow under the category by selecting the “Valid Listings” type bar. Then click “Save”. Category_3.jpg
  4. Next step, you will go to “Publish” in the menu bar. Category_6.jpg
  5. You will now scroll down a little bit till you see the “Listing Categories” title bar. Select the category you want to post to your website. A text box with the HTML code will appear below. Copy this HTML code and paste it to your website in the HTML text box your website creator holds.category_7.jpg

If you want to learn how to add a listing to a category from the listing then continue:

  1. Go to the listing you want to add to a category. Then, click on the green edit button that is boxed with a red box in the image below. Category_4.jpg
  2. Next, click on the “Category” text box and select what category/s you want to add to the listing.category_5.jpg
  3. Then “Save” and your are good to go.

If you still need help, please call or email PlaceFull support.


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Throwback Thursday Feature Refresh!

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In this week’s Throwback Thursday Feature Refresh we highlight being able Notes in the calendar!

This feature has been out for a while, but some people forget about it or are too new to not even know how to use it. The notes feature can be useful for saying the manager will be out of town, or the store will be closing early, or maybe just a reminder to prep for the party that day! There are so many different ways you could use this feature to your advantage. Oh, and you may be thinking that you don’t want all of your customers to know these notes, well you don’t have to worry. These Notes don’t show up on your actual calendar! It’s just for you and your employees! With that being said, here is how you create a note in the calendar…

  1. Start by going to your calendar on your PlaceFull accountred.jpg
  2. Next click on either the day you want the note (In this it’s the 10th) or the “Add Note” button on the right side.calen.jpg
  3. Next, a screen like this will come up. Make sure “Add Note” is selected on the top, NOT “Block off time”. From here you can pick the day, the time, and write the actual note. Then click “Save” and you’re done!Note.jpg


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Throwback Thursday Feature Refresh!

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In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we highlight the Categories feature!

This feature has been out for quite some time, but it seems that only a fraction of our merchants are using it. It could really help parents who are looking for events focused around kids, or for adults looking for a date night and they want to narrow the search down to just adult activities. If you want a video and steps to help you set categories up, hit this link or follow the directions below.

Otherwise here are some simple steps to get you headed in the right direction!

  1. Start on your PlaceFull Dashboard.
  2. Click on the “Manage” tab in the menu. Then click on the “Category” tab. Cat
  3. Next, click on the green “Add new Category” button.egg.jpg
  4. Add the category name, existing listings it goes to, and a brief description. Then hit “Save”.Orrrrr
  5. You just created a new category.
  6. Here is a link to a video if you’re still confused heres a video.

Another way to create categories is if you follow these steps below:

  1. Make sure you are on PlaceFull’s website on your listings page.
  2. To start, you must be in “edit” mode of a listing.
  3. Then, hit the top middle edit button.
  4. Next click “Add a new category here” preferably on the “here”.
  5. This will take you to another tab where you can add a category name, valid listings, and a brief description. Once done with that hit “save” and go back to the original tab.
  6. From here exit the edit screen and open it again and the new category should be in there if you added it to this specific listing.
  7. If not, click on the category search bar and locate your category and add it to the listing.
  8. Make sure to save it by clicking on the green “Save” button!
  9. Here is a link to a video if you are still confused watch this video to!

To Add a Listing to a category:

  1. First, go to the listing.
  2. Click on green “Edit” circle.list.jpg
  3. Then, under the “Category” section click the category/s that you want this listing to go into. Hit “Save” and you are done.ings.jpg

 

Come back next week for another Throwback Thursday Blog Post!

 


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Top Apps for Artists 2018

Newest smartphone technology has given us the ability to have the world at our fingertips.  With HD display and powerful cameras, iPhone has given a platform for artists to connect with one another through their passions.  Digital art has become a huge trend and provides the ability for artists to take what they love on the go. Feeling inspired while outside of the studio? Wanting to capture a moment on vacation but don’t have the tools to do so?  Bring your creativity to life through these apps… and then back to your studio!

Tayasui Sketches App

Price: FREE

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Where to Download: App store

Tayasui is a drawing & painting app with a long list of tools and features for any digital artist.  Some of these tools include felt pen, oil pastel, watercolor, and acrylic brushes. This app is also compatible with the iPad for those who prefer a different platform.  A pro version of the app sells for $5.99 and includes even more tools and add-ons.

App Store Rating: 4.5/5

Paper byFiftyThree

Price: FREE

Where to Download: App Store

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With over 25 million users, “Paper by FiftyThree” is one of the worlds largest sketching apps and it has helped many find their own creative space within the app.  Auto-correction makes it easy to draw clean straight lines while at the same time giving the artist freedom.  Great for on the go art and provides a simple user interface! If you want an upgrade from the free version, PaperPro goes for 6.99 for 6 months.

App Store Rating: 4.5/5

Sketch Club App

Price: 2.99

Where to Download: App Store

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The Sketch Club App lets you draw and paint while sharing what you create with a whole community within the app.  Bringing artistic and creative people together all over the world, the Sketch Club App is great for those wanting a more social drawing and painting experience.

App store rating: 4.9/5

Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Price: FREE

Where to Download: App Store

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Adobe Photoshop Sketch gives users the ability to choose from over 24 brushes, this app is essentially Photoshops brush feature in app form.  This app also lets users share their drawing process with an automated time-lapse video feature.

 

App Store Rating: 4.8/5

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Bowling Industry Trends 2018

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How To Excel in The Bowling Industry (When You Don’t Own a Talking Bowling Pin)

by Cory Cravalho


Did you know that more than 10 million children in the US each year choose to have a birthday party at their local bowling center? This makes the industry the top party destination for kids aged 12 and younger. Even in 2018, there is huge potential for the Bowling Industry to achieve profitability.  In order to do this, however, Centers must adapt to emerging trends and appeal to multiple generations.

Take a Look at the Top Bowling Center Trends of 2018 & Some Tips on How to Grow Your Center!

arcade.jpg#1. Bowling Centers Are Now Offering More Than Just Bowling

These days, bowling alleys must consider combining other activities such as game rooms, Virtual Reality, or Laser Tag into their business model.  These activities will encourage customers to stick around longer and increase revenue, as well as customer engagement!  Implementing additional activities on top of bowling has been boosting revenues for centers all across the country.

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#2. Competitors Have Adjusted Their Programs to Entice Millennials/Generation Z

Throughout the history of bowling, league play has contributed a huge amount to the success of the industry.  While League play is still key in order to be successful, younger generations, whom you should be tailoring your bowling alleys to, enjoy more social outings when visiting.  Bowling Centers must adjust to this and create a product that appeals to younger customers as well as older generations.

 

southihii#3.  Technology is Taking Over

Up to date technology is almost a necessity in order to keep your bowling center profitable.  There are a number of ways to keep up with technological trends of the industry.  Here are some many centers have adapted.

  • Auto Scoring Systems – Modern auto scoring speeds up the pace of play and allows for customers to not worry about anything besides enjoying your alley.
  • Debit/Credit Card system – Cash only is a thing of the past and all bowling centers should adapt technology in order to accept multiple forms of payment.

Online Booking – Put the power in the hands of your customers and allow them to book parties and lanes online before leaving the house.  This will save customers time and make it easier for employee’s at your center as well.  PlaceFull is a great place to start!  Sign up for a free demo today!

 

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